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2013 No.17 Silver Ranch Riesling Icewine

2013 No.17 Silver Ranch Riesling Icewine

A reflection of Proprietor Anthony von Mandl’s vision from three decades ago, the Terroir Collection showcases the Okanagan Valley's unique microclimates and diversity with each wine featuring a photographic image echoing an aspect of its home.

The top 3% of our estate fruit is hand-selected for these wines by our winemaker and each individual lot is carefully tasted throughout the winemaking process to ensure its quality level before the nal blend. The first step begins in the vineyards where we examine soil type, matching that with the clone by specic varietal, adapting to the climate, vineyard altitude and aspect, and the intense vine devotion that is a result of our careful precision farming. Because of this meticulous care, each offering is limited.

For us, the Terroir Collection is the heart of our passion.

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We named this wine Silver Ranch because, depending on where one is standing in the vineyard, one can see the canal in Black Sage that, in the winter, appears silver as does Lake Okanagan. Early explorers went along trade routes that traipsed through these vineyards and often used this area for winter camps. Image No.17 is the perfect example of what our viticultural team faces when picking these grapes – vines covered in snow and ice. Their frozen nature turning into a beautiful and delicate masterpiece.

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/ 375 ml
SKU: 657452
Tasting Notes
Honeyed mandarin, quince, ripe apricots, and floral aromatics balanced with Meyer lemon acidity and an unctuous, creamy mouthfeel.

 

 

 

Winemaker Notes
Varietals
100% Riesling
Clones
French Clone 49, German Clone 198
Harvested
November 21st and 22nd, 2013 from our Oliver (83%) and West Kelowna (17%) Estate vineyards. Hand-harvested at -13°C
Vinification Notes
At Mission Hill Family Estate, handcrafting Icewine is definitely a labour of love considering the below freezing temperatures and early morning start to harvest the frozen grapes. The reward is immeasurable. An exceptional wine that can be enjoyed now, or cellared over the next 5-10 years.
Alcohol %
7.5
RS
357 g/L
TA
11.6 g/L
pH
3.3
Production
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.